Weather Forecasting Activities Using the Internet

Weather Forecasting Activities Using the Internet

Jonathan D. W. Kahl



Meteorology is an ideal framework in which to study a variety of math and science topics. For example, the movement of high and low pressure systems provides opprtunities for investigating velocity and acceleration. Clouds form and disappear as a result of condensation and evaporation. Assessing the accuracy of weather forecasts is accomplished using statistics.

This workshop introduces a freely-available system in which students may make weather forecasts using the Internet. The forecasts involve predictions of selected weather elements (daily high and low temperatures, wind, etc.), as well as justifications for these predictions. Forecasts are automatically emailed to the teacher, where they can be assessed according to the needs of the curriculum.

The forecasting system has been shown to improve critical thinking skills, as well as to enhance student enthusiasm through investigating problems for which "even the teacher doesn't know the answer".